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Students prepare for graduate school exams

first_imgMidterm exams are rapidly approaching, but many upperclassmen are focusing their attention on post-graduate exams. To prepare for these exams, many juniors and seniors reach out to organizations such as Kaplan Test Prep. Liza Weale, executive director of pre-business and pre-graduate programs for Kaplan, said Kaplan Test Prep provided courses to more than 638,000 students worldwide over a single year. Kaplan offers preparation for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Admissions tests are one of the only quantitative and objective measures on applications for graduate school. “In Kaplan Test Prep’s 2010 surveys of graduate school, business school and law school admissions officers, the GRE, GMAT and LSAT, respectively, ranked as the most important admissions factors,” Weale said. “According to our medical school admissions officers’ survey, a low MCAT score is the biggest application killer.” However, students can improve their scores dramatically before they send applications to graduate programs by preparing correctly, Weale said. Kaplan offers a range of programs in the classroom and online as well as private tutoring to help students prepare for these tests. Junior Tony Dang is among the many pre-med students preparing for the MCAT in May. Dang said he began slowly preparing for the exam over summer break. “The resources that I have been using so far have been the Kaplan MCAT test books for each individual subject (Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology and the verbal portion of the test),” he said. “I also have 10 practice tests that a friend that sent me for extra practice once I’m done with studying the subjects. All of the studying is individualized, meaning that I am not taking any classes in preparation for this test.” Dang said he would like to see different organizations, such as the Princeton Review, on campus in addition to more traditional companies. “I think the [University] offers adequate options to help with test preparation,” he said. “But I would like to see other organizations other than Kaplan on campus.” Senior John Anders prepared for the LSAT with a Kaplan Live Online class during summer 2010 before he took the exam in October. The instructor for the course broadcasted the lesson over a video to students across the country. “Because I took this class, I took five practice exams prior to my actual test day,” he said. “They gave me a feel for where I was before taking the actual exam.” Anders said he utilized the online LSAT tools provided by Kaplan to monitor his studying. “They have this thing called Smart Reports that analyzes your performance on practice tests and diagnoses where you could use more practice and tracks your progress,” Anders said. “I found this to be one of the most helpful tools in my preparation.” Because of the ample resources offered through Kaplan, Anders said he did not seek out resources through Notre Dame other than quiet study space in campus libraries. Anders said he was confident of the test format and types of questions on the exam, and he said he was very happy with his score. “I think knowing exactly what I was going to get on the exam was a huge confidence boost for me, and my scores represented this,” Anders said. “I have the class I took to thank for this.” Saint Mary’s senior Kristen Metzger will take the GRE at the end of the summer and was accepted to the Teach for America program after graduation. Metzger will receive her master’s degree in education at the University of North Carolina while she completes that program. Metzger said she used Kaplan resources to study for past exams and turned to their GRE preparation book because she was familiar with their format. “They also offer practice tests online that I’m sure I will take advantage of,” she said. The “Classroom Anywhere” online option is the most popular among students preparing for exams through Kaplan, Weale said. “Classroom Anywhere courses take the dynamic interaction of a live instructor — who brings all the enthusiasm and inspiration of our Kaplan classrooms — and combines it with state-of-the-art online classroom tools to translate the combination into an online environment that’s designed to enhance the learning experience,” she said. Fees for Kaplan programs vary depending on the program. Weale said thousands of free practice tests and admissions seminars are available across the country. Students unhappy with their preparation or exam score can study with Kaplan for free for the next test date or for three more months for computer-based tests. “Students in our programs see great results, as evidenced by the tens of thousands of students who come to us each year,” Weale said. “Much of Kaplan’s growth comes from reputation and word-of-mouth, so we have a vested interest in helping our students succeed.”last_img read more

Paralympics to open tonight

first_imgCarrick on Suir’s Sean Hahessey will be the pilot for Declan Vereker from Kilkenny in the tandem road events.Both pairs will compete in the time trial this day week with the road race on Saturday week.Team Ireland took 16 medals at the last games in London.This year’s flag bearer is sailor John Twomey from Kinsale. The opening ceremony of the Paralympic games takes place in Rio tonight, 9:30pm Irish time48 Irish athletes are competing.Tipperary’s Peter Ryan will compete in the tandem road race and time trial – the Drombane native will be partnered by New Ross resident Martin Mizgajski.last_img read more

Ferrari becomes first team to reveal dates for the launch of new car for F1 2020 season

first_img First Published: 12th December, 2019 22:35 IST Written By Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto recently revealed that February 11 will be the day when they will launch their new car for the 2020 season. He revealed the plan during Ferrari’s Christmas media lunch at Maranello. Also Read: Formula One: Ferrari Fined 50,000 Euros For Fuel Irregularity On Charles Leclerc’s CarF1 2020: Mattio Binotto reveals Ferrari’s strategy The 2019 Formula 1 season was a big disappointment for Ferrari. Once again, they lost the constructors championship to Mercedes. The Italian outfit failed to build upon their pre-season form in the 2019-20 campaign. After the summer break, they won three races in a row. However, at the end, they came up short yet again. The major takeaway from the season is that they have the best engine and driver Charles Leclerc is taking more pole positions than anyone else.Also Read: Lewis Hamilton To Ferrari? If Yes, What’s Next For Sebastian VettelFerrari reveals date for 2020 F1 car Last Updated: 12th December, 2019 22:35 IST Ferrari Becomes First Team To Reveal Dates For The Launch Of New Car For F1 2020 Season Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto, during Christmas lunch, revealed that February 11 will be the day when they will launch their new car for 2020 season. FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Binotto said that the team is excited about the launch and they want to do some dyno homologations before going to Barcelona for testing. He said that the team is launching the car on the 11 February 2020 and soon after that, they have got an intense program of bench [testing] before going to Barcelona.Also Read:  Red Bull Zero Gravity Pit Stop: F1 Team’s Mind-boggling Performance Creates HistoryF1 2020 testing and season date revealed  Teams will have two fewer days of pre-season testing in Barcelona next year. The first of two three-day tests will run from 19-21 February. The second one will run from 26-28 February. The record-breaking 22-race 2020 season begins with the Australian Grand Prix on 15 March.It’ll be exciting to see Ferrari’s new car and observe its performance in the 2020 season. What are your thoughts on the same? Do let us know. Also Read: Michael Schumacher’s Wife Corinna Is Hiding F1 Legend’s Condition, Claims Ex-manager LIVE TV Suraj Alva last_img read more